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Just announced: John Fairhurst + Jamie Brewer, 27th November.

John Fairhurst + Jamie Brewer

27 November / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. His magnetic raconteur style and guitar skills spurred him on to tour the globe and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSW and Glastonbury to name but a few; his enigmatic stories relayed through his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits.

Introduced to Sarod Master K. Sridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with his family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from Shridar as well as through his own travels through Asia. With bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White and traces of the fingerpicking of John Fahey. All mixed with a dash of psychedelic 60’s rock laden with Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of Sridhar and Indian raga; John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions freely hand picked tunes from the Mississippi to the Ganges.

Support on the night will come from local favourite and rising star Jamie Brewer.

Just announced: Dub Colossus, 26th February.

Dub Colossus

26 February / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall is proud to present Dub Colossus, winner of the 2013 Songlines Cross Cultural Collaboration Award.

Dub Colossus bring Dubwise sounds with a broad musical outlook, from Ethio – Jazz to full on funky grooves with a little Afrobeat thrown in for good measure, lovingly put together on a solid foundation of Dub.

Promoting their highly acclaimed 4th album ‘Addis To Omega’, Dub Colossus are appearing with their 5 piece ‘Soundsystem’ line up featuring the vocal talents of PJ Higgins and Mykaell S Riley.

Dub Colossus is the vision of Dubulah - aka Nick Page, composer, guitarist, bass player, producer and programmer. Nick has worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. In 1990 he formed Trans-Global Undergroundwith Tim Whelan and Hammid Man-Tu, with whom he produced, wrote and played on six albums before leaving in 1997 to form Temple of Sound. Once Temple of Sound had run its course, Nick then decided to concentrate on his favourite alter ego, Dub Colossus. Having signed the project to Real World Records, Nick produced 3 albums for the label, beginning with ‘A Town Called Addis’, which was released in 2008, ‘Addis Through The Looking Glass’ in 2011, and ‘Dub Me Tender Vols 1&2’ in 2012. Now with a new home at IRL, 2014 saw the release of ‘Addis To Omega’.

‘Addis To Omega’ takes the project further into explorations of the UK/Jamaican musical heritage, with a little sidestep into other avenues along the way. With guest performances from a wide variety of musicians, and recording sessions taking place in London, Barcelona, Paris and Tuva, this album delves into many a musical genre, but wraps it all into one dubby package. Bass Culture meets Dubadelica!

This is global dub for the 21st century and one not to miss!

Just announced: Hackney Colliery Band Tour, November 2014

Hackney Colliery Band Tour

19 November / More Info / Stockton - The Arc
21 November / More Info / Barrow-in-Furness - The Forum
workshop 20 November
22 November / More Info / Scunthorpe - Cafe INDIEpendent
28 November / More Info / Clitheroe - The Grand
Tickets on sale soon

Root Music & Band on the Wall present East London’s unique take on the brass band, The Hackney Colliery Band. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room.

Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Royal Opera House, and from Jarvis Cocker to major international orchestras. This breadth of musical talent is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire.

Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band’s set list is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. Add the fact that the band stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique.

This is high-energy, good-time music that’ll make you want move your feet.

These shows are part of the National Touring Scheme

Just announced: John Renbourn & Wizz Jones, 27th March

John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

27 March / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Two of the greatest folk artists of our time on one stage!

One of the fathers of contemporary British folk music and Pentangle founding member, John Renbourn teams up with luminary acoustic guitarist Wizz Jones, who  was paramount in influencing virtually every acoustic guitarist and folk scenester and has been cited by both Renbourn, and Eric Clapton as an important early influence. 

Together, they will present an evening of classic acoustic folk and blues. As well as performing both their own solo material at the concert, John and Wizz will also play as a duo.

The combination of these rather special gentlemen will give you an evening of magical music and humorous tales blending guitar and song.

Just announced: Manchester’s Christmas Gospel, 11th December.

Manchester’s Christmas Gospel

11 December / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets


Kick start your festive season at Manchester’s first christmas gospel evening. Come along and enjoy the beautiful voices of Manchester and London’s finest gospel vocalists, singing popular christmas songs with gospel harmonies.

You will be entertained by talented musicians and singers from the Uk’s gospel circuit. Wayne Ellington, international gospel artist and founder of Manchester ‘Singing-Community’ has teamed up with London Community Gospel Choir to bring you an evening of uplifting vocals, professional singing and gospel harmonies.

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